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Minister attends airshow in bid to help private sector deals take off

By David Elliot

Published 22/06/2011

Northern Ireland's Minister of State Hugo Swire attended the Paris Airshow yesterday where he promoted Northern Ireland's business interests and also met the CEO of Bombardier, Pierre Beaudoin.

"The Prime Minister said two weeks ago when he visited Northern Ireland, and the Chancellor reiterated it during his visit last week, that the Government is committed to supporting the growth of the private sector in the Province," he said.

"The Air Show is a very significant international market place with 138,000 business visitors and it is hugely important that Northern Ireland is represented at such a prestigious business event."

Bombardier is Northern Ireland's largest private sector employer and, in addition, it awards contracts worth over £200m to businesses throughout the UK and Ireland.

"I welcome the news this week that £70m orders have been received by some of Bombardier's suppliers," added the minister.

"This can only be good news for business in Northern Ireland."

Mr Swire had meetings with a range of Northern Ireland companies during his visit to the airshow, including engineering firms Crossen, Maydown Precision Engineering, Moyola Precision Engineering, Survitec Group, Williams Industrial Services, Thales Air Defence and ADS.

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